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Sony streaming service will reach Apple devices this week

By | Published on Wednesday 23 May 2012

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The music bit of Sony’s streaming content platform, the Sony Entertainment Network, will reach Apple devices later this week with the launch of an app for the iPhone and iPod touch (though not the iPad yet).

The Entertainment Network (operated by Sony’s consumer electronics division and for a short time called Qriocity) primarily integrates different Sony-made devices, including VAIO computers, Bravia TVs and PlayStation consoles, though there is an ambition to make the service device agnostic, and Android apps have already been released. The move onto Apple devices is the next obvious step.

The Sony Entertainment Network’s Music Unlimited service is similar to the premium version of Spotify, with a £9.99 a month subscription fee, though it now also offers a cheaper (£3.99 a month) service that works like Apple’s iTunes Match, in that it scans a user’s MP3 collection and allows them to stream any content in that collection to additional devices via Sony’s servers.

Confirming the arrival to Apple devices later this week, Sony exec Michael Aragon told reporters: “We want to let users pick up their favourite device and crank up the Music Unlimited service at any time. With the addition of the new iPhone and iPod touch app, users with a Basic or Premium subscription can listen to their favourite songs across a number of the most popular connected devices – in and out of the home”.



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